City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 14, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Three-alarm fire damages apartments in White Marsh

WHITE MARSH - A three-alarm fire yesterday evening damaged two adjoined three-story apartment buildings in White Marsh, displacing about 50 residents, a county Fire Department spokesman said.

No injuries were reported among residents of 24 apartments at Quail Ridge Apartments in the 4800 block of Berryhill Court or the nearly 100 firefighters from 14 stations who responded, said Battalion Chief Michael Robinson, who noted that two pet cats were rescued.

Robinson said damage was so extensive it could be days before the cause is known. Fire went through the roof of one building, and the blaze resulted in smoke, water and heat damage to the other, he said.

Reported at 5:20 p.m., the fire went to three alarms in 30 minutes and was under control at 7:10 p.m., Robinson said.

He said smoke detectors were sounding when firefighters arrived. Forty-four residents were taken in by friends or relatives, and the others were staying at a nearby Hampton Inn. He said the regional Red Cross chapter is aiding the displaced.

Networking event set for Catonsville businesses

CATONSVILLE - The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event for local businesses at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Piano Man, 634 Frederick Road.

The "Business after Business" event is co-sponsored by St. Agnes HealthCare Foundation. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Reservations: 410-719-9609; information: www.catonsville.org.

Valentine's Day concert part of Charlestown series

CATONSVILLE - The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will feature Charlotte and Gene Langbehn singing a program of romantic favorites at 7:30 p.m. today in the Conference Center, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Admission is $3. Proceeds will benefit Charlestown's Benevolent Care Fund.

Information: 410-737-8838, ext. 8577.

In Baltimore City

Police investigate death of man found in rowhouse

Authorities are investigating the death of an unidentified man whose badly burned body was found Friday night in a West Baltimore rowhouse, city fire officials said.

The body was discovered - along with evidence that a fire had recently been extinguished - when city firefighters responded to a 9:15 p.m. call about a fire in a vacant home in the 1400 block of Myrtle Ave., the Fire Department reported.

The cause of the man's death and how the fire started have not yet been determined, Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said yesterday.

`Unsung Heroes' to feature stories of Negro leagues

Negro leagues baseball players will share their stories in free programs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St.

The program, "Unsung Heroes and Lost Legends," celebrates the 85th anniversary of the Negro leagues and will feature exhibits, films, games and crafts. Players scheduled to appear are Jimmy Bland of the Indianapolis Clowns, Al Burrows of the New York Black Yankees, Bert Simmons of the Baltimore Elite Giants and Sonny Randall of the Homestead Grays.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Village Learning Place, the Leon Day Foundation and Sage Policy Group Inc. Geraldine Day, widow of 1995 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Baltimore resident Leon Day, also will participate.

Information: 410-235-2210, ext. 204.

Lecture on `Brown' ruling to be presented tomorrow

Maryland Humanities Council will present a lecture on the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which declared school segregation illegal, at noon tomorrow at Levering Hall on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

Janet Sims-Wood, an assistant chief librarian at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, will present the lecture, titled "Separate But Equal Has No Place."

The event is part of the We the People project by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is sponsored by the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Diversity Committee.

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